Campbell Hausfeld Air Compressors

Campbell Hausfeld air compressors are available from a number of sources and this company is a key manufacturer / supplier of private labeled air compressors for a host of other companies as well.

If we could assign a pedigree to a company, then Campbell Hausfeld air compressors certainly have it. The company has been around since 1863. Currently the Campbell Hausfeld is owned by Marmon Holdings, themselves part of the Berkshire Hathaway group.

Many folks consider Campbell Hausfeld air compressors to be low end, low cost, small workshop or garage shop oriented. This is true. They are that. Yet they are more.

A visit to their website shows that they offer a commercial line of air compressors as well. Unfortunately, when you click the link to their commercial site there is no content on the page. Some of the drop down menus work on the commercial site, but my goodness, such a poor website is more than a bit strange for a company of this size and history. This is the situation in early 2016, at least.

campbell hausfeld commercial air compressors - www.fix-my-compressor.comIn any case, their commercial line of compressors are both rotary screw and reciprocating, with 5HP motor size and up. The commercial line of Campbell Hausfeld air compressors is available from outlets such as Acklands Grainger, Grainger, Northern Tool, Global Industrial and others.

As to the Campbell Hausfeld smaller air compressor market, they offer quite a range.

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From small, fractional HP compressors, to portable units from 1 HP and up, Campbell Hausfeld offer a broad range of DIY air compressors. They can be purchased in many big box stores, and at a host of on line sales sites including Amazon.

One of the good things about Campbell Hausfeld is, if you can locate your air compressor model number, you can usually download the manual and operating instructions for that model from their site. That is a huge plus if you are looking for CH info. Visit the site here:, and drill down to the various pages to find lots of info.

Campbell Hausfeld is a key supplier of privately branded air compressors. If you acquire a different brand and you are looking for information about that brand, check out the models on the CH website. You may find that your different brand air compressor is identical (except for the color) to a CH product, and, if so, typically parts from the Campbell Hausfeld compressor will fit on the other brand.

If you are unable to get help or information about your Campbell Hausfeld air compressor, feel free to use this forum page we have set up. Of course, only questions and comments about the Campbell Hausfeld line of air compressors can be posted here.






  1. Al Foster says:

    I have an old Campbell Hausfield 20-gallon air compressor that has started blowing a lot of oil out of the oil filler cap. I’m wondering if this is an indicator of piston ring failure/wear, and if so, can you give me a general idea of how difficult it is to replace the rings? It’s been a reliable compressor since I bought it in the late 90s but if it’s outlived its time, I don’t want to spend a lot of money or time trying to fix it. Thanks!

    • “piston ring failure/wear”, yes, I suspect that is the cause. If air and oil is blowing out the oil fill tube and cap, that air has to be coming from the compression chamber, and that means it’s blowing by the piston seals. No, I cannot comment on how hard this is, as I don’t know your skill set. Some folks will find this intimidating, others will find tearing down a compressor pump and rebuilding it a piece of cake. If you aren’t really handy with rebuilding stuff, this task may be beyond your skills.

  2. Scott D Phillips says:

    Hello, I have a Campbell Hausfeld 6 hp 60 gallon 125 max psi compressor. I replaced the pressure switch with unloader valve and replaced the check valve in the top of the air tank. The problem I am having is that the compressor doesn’t turn off when I switch it to off. and when i do switch it to off the air comes out of the unloader fitting on the new pressure switch. This problem has been boggling my mind since all the parts have been replaced and I cannot locate a local business that repairs air compressors. Any help would help.

    • When you write “he compressor doesn’t turn off when I switch it to off”, what are you turning off, a lever or knob on the pressure switch, or a separate ON/OFF switch? If it’s a lever or knob on the pressure switch, and turning the switch to off doesn’t cut power to the motor, then the switch is likely wired incorrectly.

      “When i do switch it to off the air comes out of the unloader fitting on the new pressure switch” – that’s supposed to happen, yet air should just bleed for a moment to clear the air over the piston. When the air continues to come out, that is indicating that the tank check valve is not keeping the air in the tank. Sorry, but if you’ve replaced it, the tank check valve is still suspect.

  3. My compressor bill up pressure to around 120psi but will not shut off. It’s a Chamberlain Hausfeld 200psl, can you help?

    • Hi Jerry. I think you might mean a Campbell Hausfeld air compressor. OK, if the compressor is rated to cut out at 200 PSI, and the tank pressure gets to 120 PSI, goes no higher, and the compressor continues to run, then it’s quite likely it’s a pump issue. Maybe you could have a look at this page: // and check out yours based on what’s listed here? Let us know what you find if you will.

  4. I have a Campbell Hausfeld 13gal WL650000AJ. It wasn’t holding pressure so I purchased the head repair kit and new piston ring. All works very well now.

    However, when I start the motor, the check valve at the tank blows a lot of air while filling. When it reaches 125psi it cuts off and there are no leaks, so the check valve appears to be working.

    I never paid attention to that before, but thought if all that air wasn’t being blown out of the check valve, the tank would fill quicker. Is this normal?

    • Good that you were able to repair the pump. A pump kit works wonders on older compressors. I looked for images of your compressor, found some, and though difficult, did manage to see where the line from the pump enters the tank, that through the tank check valve. What I don’t see is where, at that point, there should be any leak? Some lower end compressors have a pin hole in a fitting or in the line to the tank which does bleed air while the compressor is running, and then, when the compressor stops, air bleeds off from over the piston through that hole. If the tank check valve works, no air should leak while the compressor is stopped.

      Your compressor has an unloader valve, however, which is supposed to open when the compressor stops to dump the air, and it should not, as far as I can see, be leaking air while the compressor is running. You may need a new unloader valve, which are still available.

  5. James Morris says:

    I have Campbell Hausfeld 21 Gallon tank air compressor will not build up pressure only up to 30 PSI, use to go up to 120 PSI.

    One website said REED VALUE bad.

    Shawn from campbells hausfeld said could be reed value or piston rings.

    I sprayed WD40 on top piston did not leak for over two days . These is no model number on it shawn told me to send him pictures he’d try to match it with model no luck after week here are some pictures of the compressor. would like to fix it .

    • I’m not quite sure what your comment about spraying WD-40 on the piston means, James. Are you saying that after you sprayed the piston, the compressor would build pressure normally for two days? If not, what leak are you referring too. I’m not a Campbell Hausfeld person, and am not going to disagree with Shawn. I will say that the symptoms you refer to are commonly caused by a failing intake/pressure valve, a leaking piston seal that opens as the back pressure grows (though I would expect to feel air blowing out the oil fill tube vent if this were the case) or by a pump gasket that holds until the pressure reaches the 30 PSI, then opens, and air cycles back and forth between intake and pressure sides of the pump, and is not driven down into the tank. If you can get a pump repair kit that has valve plates, piston rings and new gaskets, that would, I expect, solve the problem.

  6. I have a CH air compressor model # HU200001
    I have to spin the fan to get the motor to run and then it does not build up any pressure in the tank…Any thoughts on what I need to do to fix it?

    • Sounds like a couple of issues, Jonathan. Make sure the plug is in a socket directly, not using any extension cord. If no difference on start, then it’s time to look at the capacitor connections on the compressor motor, and if they are good, then test the capacitor. See how on this site. As to no air going into the tank, three is a list of things to check on that page on this site. Please check them and let us know what you find.

  7. Karen Bradley says:

    I have a Campbell Hausfeld 15 gallon compressor model #HJ300101. It pumps up when turned on, but won’t restart after some air is used. I have to turn it off for a while & then back on. When turned back on, it pumps up fine. Shortly after motor turns off, I hear something click as if a switch is being turned off. Could this be the pressure switch or unloaded valve? Thanks for your help!

    • Test the compressor by letting all the air out of the tank, and then trying to start it. If it starts OK, test it again. If it works again, that suggests that the unloader valve is not functioning properly and it needs to be fixed.

  8. Thanks for posting this information, and the Compressor will not build pressure page. I have an old CH WL6509 5.5 HP, 22 Gal. unit that was used to blow out my sprinkler system a few times years ago. It will not charge past 50 PSI or so, the compressor just runs and runs. Fortunately the tank holds pressure.

    Hopefully I can find out what is wrong using the pages here and the documentation from the CH site.

    Thanks again!

  9. I have an older quad/60 gal. vertical tank. Model# CIQ71060V. As it starts, it does make a slight clicking sound. When it builds pressure to between 80psi and 90psi, it makes a grinding sound. This just started. If I let it cool down, it will start out the same way,l then at pressure it grinds again. I changed the oil, but that didn’t help. Any suggestions?

    • We think it may be a couple of issues on your Campbell Hausfeld compressor. We think the clicking may be related to a failing centrifugal starter on the motor. As to the grinding, changing the oil may have alleviated it a bit, but if it’s the crank bearing, which is our guess, it’s time for a pump rebuild.

  10. Rusty Perez says:

    Hi, My Campbell Hausfeld CI071080VMS air compressor was operating great until last week when a tube fitting crack Part#: TF060402AJ, I replaced it and since then i got a different problem. the compressor will start and built pressure at normal speed up to 150psi and it triggers the pop off valve Part#: V-215200AV and it keeps running( it should go up to 175 psi) and it will pop the breaker.

    Is my Pressure Switch-135 Psi On/175 Psi Off Part #: CW207561AV Bad?

    Thanks for your help.

    • We believe that your Campbell Hausfeld air compressor is popping the breaker as the motor is getting too hot from running too long. We also think that you may have somehow contaminated the PRV V-215200AV and it is releasing too soon, the pressure cannot build to cut out, and your compressor motor overheats. We don’t think it’s a pressure switch issue. The part V-215200AV is supposed to crack open at 200 PSI. Try pulling the plug, emptying all the air from the tank, removing the PRV and rinsing it in paint thinner. Let it dry thoroughly. Reinstall and start the compressor. Let it run up to normal cut out and stop. If the PRV doesn’t let go then cleaning it helped, but now you should prove that it will release at the design limit of 200 PSI. That becomes a problem as your pressure switch should turn off the compressor at 175 PSI or so. You can take a chance on assuming the PRV will crack at the 200 PSI, but without checking it, it may be safer to just replace it with a new one.

  11. I just replaced the pump on my CH compressor. The old pump had an unloader valve. The new pump has a plug where the unloader line would go. It seems to operate fine, with no undue stress when it restarts. Are there pumps that do not need the unloader/ Should I remove the plug and connect it any way?.

    • A bit hard to be definite when we don’t know the model of the Campbell Hausfeld air compressor you have. If it is a fractional HP model, it is possible that the compressor does not require an unloader, or the unloader is a small hole in the top of the cylinder housing. If the pump had and unloader plumbed over to the pressure switch on the old model, then we would plumb the new similarly.

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